Beating the Odds Summit
“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.”
– Susan Gale
In July, I had the pleasure of being invited to the White House to attend First Lady Michelle Obama’s annual Beating the Odds Summit as a group discussion facilitator. The Summit is a part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative and Better Make Room Campaign. At the event, I joined the First Lady to hear the stories of 130 students who have overcome unimaginable obstacles and succeeded to a post-secondary educational institution. These students represented rural, urban, foster, homeless, special needs, and under-represented backgrounds from across the country.
Aside from the excitement associated with being at the White House for the first time and personally meeting the First Lady, I was very inspired and motivated to hear the stories of these young people. Many of them shared stories similar to those of the clients I work with on a daily basis in my practice. Others made me more conscious of the obstacles I faced in my life and what events and circumstances led me to where I am now. I was reminded of my own personal trauma at the start of my freshmen year at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana when I experienced Hurricane Katrina first hand. This, along with the other hurdles I have faced in life, could have overcome me; they could have prevented all the amazing things I have accomplished so far, including the start of my very own private practice. But I did not give up! Although the road has been rough, I “made lemonade out of lemons” by using my own tragedies to boldly create a life that is bigger than me and helping others heal from their own traumatic experiences. I was able to do all this because of a solid spiritual foundation and support from those around me.
How can you use your experiences to, “reach higher”? What are some ways you can make room for a more fulfilling life?
Not sure where to start? I am more than willing to assist you on your healing journey. Your life does not have to stop due to trauma or loss.